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Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 03:51 PM

I'm going to be making reservations at the Mastro's in BH for a party of four--where should we ask to be seated? (This is a celebration dinner, and I want the best experience possible.)

Also, what are the "must order" items...IYO?

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    Ernie RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 03:53 PM

    Upstairs is the bar which can get extremely loud and festive. Downstairs is more quiet for conversation. Must-order is the chef's cut bone-in ribeye. It is super huge so OK to share or enjoy leftovers. Minimize the sides and bread and focus on the meat because it is the best thing here.

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      WileysHungryAgain RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 06:14 PM

      UPSTAIRS is the way to go. Fun lively swing'n scene.

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        Funwithfood RE: WileysHungryAgain Oct 10, 2006 07:52 PM

        I've heard it is "swing'n"--literally! (Probably not my style.)

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        bobbyperu RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 06:43 PM

        Second the chef's cut bone-in ribeye! Also, if you like the filet mignon, they have a bone-in version that's not listed on the menu, but it's the way to go.

        If you're being festive, I suggest trying the Mastro's martini - it's basically a cosmopolitan with house-infused vodka and a chip of dry ice in the glass so it's steaming cold - very dramatic.

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          msmd310 RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 07:58 PM

          downstairs- nicer, quieter (but not quiet)
          upstairs- louder, lively, but quite the gross Old-dude-picking-up-young-wannabe-starlets scene.
          (I have never seen so many MEN with plastic surgery, and hair weaves!)

          but I DO LOVE THE FOOD
          to eat- all the salads are huge -split one
          crab cakes are YUM YUM YUM- but pricey
          seafood tower is decadent!
          oysters rockafeller are great

          I only get the bone-in filet- remember to ask for no butter

          sides- snap peas, brocolli, garlicky sauteed mushrooms

          I do not like the Mac'n'cheese- it is BLUE cheese

          OK- I am getting myself hungry.....

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            chica RE: msmd310 Oct 10, 2006 08:45 PM

            lol! re the old-dude-picking-up comment, I have had personal experience with that. It left me feeling so gross!

            But upstairs is definitely more lively, and if you're lucky, you'll have music and jazz playing along, too.

          2. russkar RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 08:47 PM

            1. What Day are you going? What time? (it matter's)
            2. What type of Steak are you ordering? (it matters because if your into Bone in Filet I would probably recommend CUT(just there last week) over Mastro's.
            3. Are you taking Wine or Buying off the List?
            4. What are your favorite sides?
            5. Who's paying? (it matters, based on the way you should order?)

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              Funwithfood RE: russkar Oct 10, 2006 10:32 PM

              1.) We will be going early on a Sunday evening
              2.) Whichever cut they excel in.
              3.) Not sure about the wine. It would be fun to buy some good wines at Wine Exchange and bring them, but I'm not accustomed to doing that...any recs appreciated though.
              {A wine maker in Paso recommended a couple wines (since purchased) based on my affinity for Cabernet Franc...not sure I'm comfortable bringing these wines to an upscale place though (easy enough at Park Ave.)}
              4.) I will eat anything that is terrific--especially something I'm not likely to make at home.
              5.) We are paying :(

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                russkar RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 10:58 PM

                a. It will be busy. Why not Costa Mesa?
                b. Bone in Ribeye (if you said Filet, I would go to CUT)
                c. Even with 35- corkage? I would bring some 50-(min) stuff from W/E. The wine list is wicked expensive.
                d. Creamed Spinach, Mac & Ch can be spotty sometimes.
                e. BUMMER! If you weren't paying I would probably go to CUT!

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                  Funwithfood RE: russkar Oct 11, 2006 12:09 AM

                  I read (on CH, I think) that the BH location is better...has anyone been to both and can speak to that?

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                    russkar RE: Funwithfood Oct 11, 2006 04:39 PM

                    They are similar. And one's a lot closer. IF your go to BH then I would go to CUT.

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                      Funwithfood RE: russkar Oct 11, 2006 08:50 PM

                      If they are that similar, maybe we should think of staying local--that is if the "total experience" is nearly identical...

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                        russkar RE: Funwithfood Oct 11, 2006 11:11 PM

                        That would be my vote! We go to both and BH isn't as quiet as OC but the food is very close. What type of experience are you looking for? Steakhouses are all pretty similar nowdays. One secret is to split everything which will be lots of food anyway. The best Steak in LA is at Urasawa(NY Wagyu ,12a grade) , which we dined at last Mon, Hiro's Kobe melts like butter.

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              Iceman RE: Funwithfood Oct 10, 2006 09:19 PM

              The Rib-eyes are terrific, but order it on a "cold" plate (it's really just room temperature).

              The hot plates come in at 400+ degrees, and in addition to continuing the cooking process, I've found it very difficult to eat food this blazing hot.

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